Learn to help non-native residents in one of Georgia’s most under-served areas of law
This course helps fill the growing need for immigration law practitioners. Successful participants will:
- assess the tools for an applicant, petitioner, or beneficiary to pursue certain immigration paths or resolve immigration questions
- gain practical exposure to various important immigration forms
- learn to develop a persuasive application for applicants
- learn to conduct research of the various types of immigrant and non-immigrant visas
- learn how to prepare clients for the interviews or court appearances
Hours: 24 hours/2.4 CEUs
Where: UGA's Gwinnett campus
When: Coming Fall 2018
Georgia needs immigration law practitioners
The average salary for an immigration paralegal is $52,000 per year in Georgia, where there is high demand for immigration-related services. Georgia has a large population of immigrants, nonimmigrants and undocumented aliens who may need guidance on matters affecting their permanent or temporary U.S. residency. For example, since many international companies are establishing facilities in Georgia, there is an increased need for visas for their professionals.
Only certain professionals can provide legal advice and legal services on immigration matters. Mainly, they are either attorneys or a special category called “accredited representatives.” These are people who work at a specific location for specific U.S. non-profit religious, charitable, or social organizations.
These organizations are authorized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to represent aliens in immigration proceedings.
Immigration Law Certificate is an intensive, hands-on course highlighting the most relevant matters of immigration, including:
- reasons for attorney/counselor involvement
- preparing persuasive petitions
- client interviews and strategies
- researching statutory, regulatory and case law
- properly completing forms and documents
- nonimmigrant and immigrant visas
- asylum, naturalization, and citizenship
- relief before the courts
- relief in removal proceedings
Students will also attend one Immigration Court Observation session as one of the scheduled learning activities for the course. Note: Immigration Court Observations are usually scheduled during normal weekday business hours.
Who Should Attend?
- Paralegals and others working under an attorney who can legally advise and represent clients
- Those who want to become accredited immigration representatives working for BIA-accredited organizations
- Law school students and graduates, legal advocates, management consultants, and attorneys in private practice that are unfamiliar with immigration procedures
Coming Fall 2018
Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 24 hours of course work.
Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
- Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments
- Attendance at sessions
- A 79% or higher for course assessment